Your Skimo Valentine

Need a last minute gift for your ski mountaineer Valentine? Chris Davenport and his skimo cronies produced a pair of tomes as big, bold and beautiful as the mountains themselves.

Ski the 14ers chronicles Davenport’s year long odyssey to conquer the majestic peaks of Colorado. Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America, coauthored by Penn Newhard and Art Burrows, is reminiscent of Steve Roper and Allen Steck’s 1979 epic Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. Spanning the Messner Couloir on Mount McKinley to Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington, you’ll find a dearth of actual route information. But the point is the stunning jaw-dropping images accompanied by brief anecdotes from Alpine legends like Lou Dawson and Andrew McLean. Notably absent was a ski descent or two in Mexico.

Be advised: neither volume will find a place on your Valentine’s bookshelf, but will become a permanent fixture on the kitchen table. Just have a Kleenex handy to wipe up the drool. Available through

--Christopher Van Tilburg, MD

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